Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dutch Sheets: The Fullness of a New Season...

      I am ready for an encouraging word, aren't you?  Since our country seems to 'be going to hell in a hand basket' as the saying goes, it is very good to hear that God isn't finished with us yet!  Just reading the first paragraph of this word from Dutch Sheets caused me to be uplifted!

My Dream: A New Level of Apostolic Grace
When I tune into the news, I have never been more concerned about where we are as a nation. When I tune into the Holy Spirit, however, I have never been more encouraged! In fact, I am more hopeful for righteous change today than I have been in the past 25 years! This past November, the Lord gave me one of the most vivid dreams I've ever received. Based on what Holy Spirit spoke to me, I am thoroughly convinced thatwe are now crossing over into the fullness of a new season.

In this dream, I was speaking to an apostolic friend when I began to hear and repeat to him a word from the Lord. In a very slow and calculated manner, making sure to speak precisely what I was hearing the Lord say, I spoke these words:

"There is a new level of apostolic grace being distributed that will take the gifting to a new measure spiritually and physically."

Both in the dream and upon waking, my attention was especially drawn to the last two words of this statement, "...and physically."

I believe the Lord is saying through this dream, that we are about to see the Kingdom of God come to earth in a more tangible way. The Church is about to see a physical manifestation of that which we have warred for in the spirit, and a fulfillment of things promised in times past. And we'll see results from our prayers much more quickly; rather than believing change will result in the future, we will see quick, tangible evidence of transformation. More than just believing for souls to be saved, we will experience multitudes coming to Christ. Spiritual gifts will not only be asked for, but we will see signs, wonders and miracles as a manifestation of the gifts. 

This new level of apostolic grace will translate apostolic authority into apostolic power and action Kingdom works that will bring real, physical, literal change in the earth. Acts 4:33 speaks of an abundant grace that was upon the early apostles as they witnessed of Jesus, and great signs, wonders and power were being released through them.

There is also a window of divine grace being offered to the apostolic Church today—the greatest window of opportunity we have seen in our lifetimes—for extending Kingdom authority and life into the earth. We are coming into a full release of divine strategies and the power necessary for a thriving implementation of those heavenly blueprints.

Many leaders in the Church think we have been walking in the fullness of our anointing and what our spiritual calling represents. I believe, however, that we have actually been primarily in preparation for this fullness.

The past several years were a season in which the Lord was refining our gifts and preparing us for this new dimension of grace. He has worked in our hearts, released much revelation, and created many important connections. He is now inviting us to step into the fullness of what this preparation was meant to produce. What He's been working in us, He now wants to release through us.
The Window of Opportunity
When God says He is releasing grace, it is important to understand that grace does not mean only undeserved favor. Grace is also the release of supernatural ability, an ability to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask, think or imagine (see Ephesians 3:20).

In 2 Corinthians 9:8, the Apostle Paul says, "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed." This is the kind of grace the Lord is releasing over us in this season! A grace that produces "all sufficiency"; an abundance!

As we move into this season, the next six months are very significant, so much so that the decisions we make will in some ways define the rest of our lives. In this kairos season, it is important that we position ourselves rightly for this outpouring of grace, seeking God very diligently. If we do so, there will be a remantling, redefining and revitalizing, propelling us into our future.
We stand at a hinge of history!

The window of opportunity is open, and there is an abounding grace available. The Lord is inviting us to come into agreement with this decree He is releasing. For those who do, there will be evidence of His power in ways we've never experienced. Believe it, tap into it, and join the apostolic company God is raising up throughout the earth!

Dutch Sheets
Dutch Sheets Ministries
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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Greatest Key You Will Ever Have: His Name is Jesus! by Kathie Walters

I love this meditation by Kathie Walters.  Just to read it inspires worship.

                           The Greatest Key You Will Ever Have: His Name is Jesus!
                               by Kathie Walters
                               Dec 25, 2010
Jesus is altogether lovely; He saves us, and He keeps us by His power from sin and death.
He has given to us His robe of righteousness. He extends His mercy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, tenderness, healing and compassion.
He is our Shield, our Defender, our Rock, and our Hiding Place.
He is our Provider, Counselor, Great Shepherd, our Friend, who is closer than a brother, and He is our Love. He is the Husbandman, the Keeper of the vineyard. He is the Source of all blessing.
He restores, rescues, forgives and redeems.
He is our Victor, the Captain of Hosts, Mighty in battle. He is our Banner, and our Standard, and He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Jesus is crowned with glory and honor; He is our Savior, Sanctifier, Redeemer, and the merciful and faithful High Priest.
He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. He was dead, but now He is ALIVE forevermore, and He is seated at the right hand of God – it is finished!
He destroyed death and He led captivity captive.
He is the Great Apostle of our faith; He is the Supreme Sacrifice; and the spotless and blameless Lamb.
He is our Anchor and our Strong Tower; our Shield and our Defender; and He was the Ancient of Days before the first day began.
He is the Forerunner, the Firstborn among many brethren. He is the surety of a better testament; He comes from the unchangeable priesthood; and He is able to save to the uttermost.
His Presence doesn't cast any shadow because He is the Light that lights the Heavenly City. He is the Light of the world and the Giver of life.
He is the Door, the Way, and the Truth.
He is the Treasure, the Pearl of great price, and more precious than the finest gold.
He was the Rock of Ages before any mountain peaks were formed.
He was the Bread of life before there was any grain. He was the Lily of the Valley before there were any flowers on the earth.
He is the Eternal Intercessor. He is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, higher than the Heavens; He makes His enemies His footstool, and laughs at His adversaries.
He is the Tree of life; He is consecrated forever, and makes us sanctified forever by His precious Blood.
He is the Minister of the Sanctuary, and He is the Mediator of the New covenant.
He is the High Priest of GOOD THINGS to come; He's the Lion of Judah; and the Lamb that was slain. He is the New and Living Way.
He was born contrary to the laws of birth. He lived contrary to the laws of life. He healed contrary to the laws of medicine.
He was tried and condemned contrary to the laws of justice, and He arose contrary to the laws of death and the grave.
He ascended contrary to the laws of gravity, and He is coming back again contrary to the expectation of the world!
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is the Great Shepherd of ALL THE SHEEP.
He is qualified to open the Book, and He is the expression of the Heart of the Father.
His love has no limits; His grace has no measure; His power has no boundaries known unto men; out of His infinite riches, He gives and gives and gives again.
He is our nearest Kinsman, and is qualified to redeem us.
He is THE WORD MADE FLESH and the Honey in the rock.
He is high and lifted up; He is the Bright and Morning Star, and the fairest of 10,000.
He is more precious than gold, and He's the glory and lifter of our heads.
He is the righteous Judge; He is a refuge for the oppressed; and He doesn't forget the cry of the humble.
He bore our sorrows and our grief; He was despised and rejected of men; and now He controls the destiny of the nations – the kingdoms of this world are going to become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and forever.
He is our portion and our inheritance; His garments smell of sweet myrrh; and His breath is as sweet apples. He is a very present help in trouble.
He hides us under the shadow His wings and keeps us as the apple of His eye.
He is our High Tower, and He makes the hills shake, the mountains melt, and the Heavens bow.
He pulled back the curtain of eternity and stepped out on the stage of time for one brief moment, and then stepped back again into eternity; but in that one brief moment of time, He sealed the fate of every man and woman and fixed their destiny.
He is the bright Candle in the darkness because He is the Light of life.
He is the Branch, and the Root of Jesse.
He makes the crooked paths straight and the rough places plain.
He split history and divided the ages.
He is the greatest Teacher the world has ever known, and He is the Baptizer in the Holy Ghost.
He preserves the faithful, and He is the resurrection and the life.
He spoke and framed the world; He makes our way perfect and makes our feet like hinds' feet, and He causes us to walk in high places. He is able to comfort, guide and bless.
He spoke, and the heavens unrolled themselves, and the galaxies were born. He spoke, and the streams and the rivers wound their way across the earth. The rose began to blush, and the violets cast their fragrance, and the birds began to sing. Colors wove themselves into a rainbow. He spoke, and a handful of dust became a living soul.
He turns our mourning into dancing and girds us with gladness.
Let Me Tell You About His Voice
His voice is powerful upon the waters, full of majesty, like thunder, it breaks the cedars, divides the flames, shakes the wilderness, makes the hinds to calve, discovers the forests, and sets the mountains in their place.
His voice stilled the seas and shook the earth and melted the hills.
His voice is as the sound of many waters; He spoke and calmed the storm; He spoke and gave life to the dead, brought healing to the sick, strength to the weak, and forgiveness to the sinner.
Herod could not kill Him. The Pharisees could not confound Him, and satan could not trick Him. Sickness could not withstand Him; devils could not stay near Him; and the waves could not drown Him.
The rabble could not disturb Him; death could not corrupt Him; Hell could not keep Him; and the grave could not contain Him!
Gravitation could not restrain Him, and God has highly exalted Him and given Him a Name above every name, and at His Name every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord of all.
He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men; He brought a stream out of a rock, and fed the people in the wilderness; He fed 5,000 with two loaves and a few fishes.
He is Savior to the lost, healing to the sick; He is hearing to the deaf and sight to the blind. He is cleansing to the leper and strength to the weak. He is comfort to the oppressed, hope to the hopeless, and help to the helpless. He is a brother to the friendless, and a friend to the brotherless, and He is LIFE to the dead.
He is infinite, eternal, glorious and full of majesty.
One day in His courts is better than a thousand; wouldn't you rather be a doorkeeper in His house than dwell in the tents of the world?
He is the Covenant Keeper – keeping covenant with covenant breakers.
He is sweeter than all the flowers; He is the Lover of our Soul; and the Keeper of our hearts.
He is music to the poet, and a song to the worshiper. His Name has been whispered by thousands upon thousands of dying soldiers on the battlefields of the ages.
His Name has been the battle cry of those who fought for righteousness and truth.

Kathie Walters
Kathie Walters Ministry

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

An URGENT Call to an Esther Fast, for Such a Time as This!

A friend just sent this.  I ask you to join us in prayer and fasting for this important occasion.


An URGENT Call to an Esther Fast,
for Such a Time as This!
This year, Purim falls on March 4th-5th. It’s a day of celebration commemorating Queen Esther’s faith and courage and the deliverance of the Jewish People from the destructive hands of Haman, who plotted their annihilation.

Esther called her people to fast. The Jewish People were in danger, and Esther took a serious and enormous risk to obtain favor and stop the plot against them. She had the courage to step out of royal protocol in order to get attention. She had good reason.

There is a startling similarity between Esther’s brave pursuit and what will happen here in the United States on March 3rd, the very day of the Esther Fast this year. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to Congress. This is the speech that is causing controversy all the way from the White House to Israel because it wasn’t set up “according to protocol.”

And yet, the Prime Minister is determined to speak up on behalf of his country regarding the deadly threat of Iran’s nuclear powers, not only to his nation and people, but to the world.

Add to this the upcoming March 17th elections in Israel and the recent acceleration of terrorist and anti-Semitic acts around the world, and it is clear, the need for fasting and prayer is urgent. As “watchmen,” intercessors for Israel and the Jewish People, we too must take our place in history, for such a time as this.

Would you please join us in prayer and fasting for the sake of Israel and the Jewish People? There is a lot at stake, and the urgency is increasing.

The fast is from sunrise to sundown on Tuesday, March 3rd, and can take any form suited to you. If you have concerns, consult with your physician. If you can’t fast from food, consider fasting from something else that would occupy your focus and time during that period. For example, you could fast from television or other leisure activities. Set your attention on seeking God through prayer during the time you would be eating or doing those other things.

Even if you don’t feel led to fast, please pray for:

 •God’s protection of Israel, the Jewish People, and all their friends and allies.
 •The Lord’s protection over Benjamin Netanyahu as he travels to the U.S. and speaks to Congress.
The Lord to speak powerfully through Netanyahu and for many to not only listen, but to hear.
The Lord to set in place His choices for Israel’s leadership through the coming election.
The destruction of any plots to remove leaders who have stood against separating the Land of Israel, even any efforts that might initiate in the United States.
And as always, pray for the salvation of the Jewish People of the world.
Let us know you will be joining us in prayer! Visit our Facebook page now and post your prayer or commitment to pray. And thank you for your partnership in interceding. We are watching and believing together to see the Lord at work on behalf of Israel and the Jewish People in this crucial hour.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Andrea Bocelli - The Lord's Prayer.

A friend sent this to me today. It is so beautiful--heavenly!!  I wanted to share it with you, too.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Amazing Camping Trailer

This is ingenious!  It almost makes me want to go camping!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A friend sent this today.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jesus in Every Book of the Bible

      Have you ever read the Bible trying to determine what each book has to say about Jesus?  I was recently thinking about this and found this synopsis I had saved a long time ago.  Posting it today on my blog seemed like a good idea so I can easily find it again.

Jesus in Every Book of the Bible
(Author Unknown)
In Genesis, Jesus Christ is the seed of the woman.
In Exodus, He is the passover lamb.
In Leviticus, He is our high priest.
In Numbers, He is the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.
In Deuteronomy, He is the prophet like unto Moses.
In Joshua, He is the captain of our salvation.
In Judges, He is our judge and lawgiver.
In Ruth, He is our kinsman redeemer.
In 1st and 2nd Samuel, He is our trusted prophet.
In Kings and Chronicles, He is our reigning king.
In Ezra, He is the rebuilder of the broken down walls of human life.
In Esther, He is our Mordecai.
In Job, He is our ever-living redeemer.
In Psalms, He is our shepherd.
In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, He is our wisdom.
In the Song of Solomon, He is the loving bridegroom.
In Isaiah, He is the prince of peace.
In Jeremiah, He is the righteous branch.
In Lamentations, He is our weeping prophet.
In Ezekiel, He is the wonderful four-faced man.
In Daniel, He is the forth man in life's "fiery furnace."
In Hosea, He is the faithful husband, forever married to the backslider.
In Joel, He is the baptizer with the Holy Ghost and fire.
In Amos, He is our burden-bearer.
In Obadiah, He is the mighty to save.
In Jonah, He is our great foreign missionary.
In Micah, He is the messenger of beautiful feet.
In Nahum, He is the avenger of God's elect.
In Habakkuk, he is God's evangelist, crying, "revive thy work in the midst of the years."
In Zephaniah, He is our Saviour.
In Haggai, He is the restorer of God's lost heritage.
In Zechariah, He is the fountain opened up in the house of David for sin and uncleanness.
In Malachi, He is the Sun of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings.
In Matthew, He is King of the Jews.
In Mark, He is the Servant.
In Luke, He is the Son of Man, feeling what you feel.
In John, He is the Son of God.
In Acts, He is the Savior of the world.
In Romans, He is the righteousness of God.
In I Corinthians, He is the Rock that followed Israel.
In II Corinthians, He is the Triumphant One, giving victory.
In Galatians, He is your liberty; He sets you free.
In Ephesians, He is Head of the Church.
In Philippians, He is your joy.
In Colossians, He is your completeness.
In 1st and 2nd Thessalonians, He is your hope.
In I Timothy, He is your faith.
In II Timothy, He is your stability.
In Philemon, He is your Benefactor.
In Titus, He is truth.
In Hebrews, He is your perfection.
In James, he is the Power behind your faith.
In I Peter, He is your example.
In II Peter, He is your purity.
In I John, He is your life.
In II John, He is your pattern.
In III John, He is your motivation.
In Jude, He is the foundation of your faith.

In Revelation, He is your coming King.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Something to Think About

Billy Graham quote:  "Ninety-five percent of today's church activities would continue if the Holy Spirit were removed from us.  In the early Church, ninety-five percent of all her activities would have stopped if the Holy Spirit were removed."

Which statement describes our church? Or our lives?  Are we relying on the Holy Spirit to lead us or are we planning our lives and expecting God to bless our plans?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bobby Conner: Pathway to Obtaining and Maintaining Peace in 2015

The battle for true peace commences in the mind. The Bible counsels us to be very careful and guard our thoughts as well as what we ponder within our heart, because that will set the cadence of our life. Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23

Christ Jesus, in His gracious message on the mountain, informs us that it is the pure in heart that see God. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

The writer of the book of Hebrews again admonishes us to actively seek, and powerfully pursue, purity and holiness, if we are going to see and behold the Lord. Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.Hebrews 12:14
Not Double-Minded
It is a tragic mistake thinking we can live a double-minded lifestyle and still have the blessing and favor of God and peace of God surrounding our life. Scripture warns us that to be double-minded is to forfeit contentment and peace in every arena of one's life. Scripture states a wicked person is like the troubled sea filled with shame and unrest (see Isaiah 57:20-21). Again in Psalm 66:18 we see that sin hidden within causes our fellowship and communication with the Lord to be broken. (Photo via Pixabay)

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him. Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), he is unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]. James 1:5-8 (Amplified Bible)

Notice the sad list of actions and attitudes of a double-minded person: unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything he feels, thinks and decides. These are lethal deadly actions that we must avoid. God wants us to walk in His light and love, guided and directed by His Holy Spirit.

What does it mean to be double-minded? Simply speaking: attempting to live in sin while seeking to portray yourself as a true upright Christian.

How to be single-minded:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up close to God as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 40:28-31 (Amplified Bible)

These should be days of mounting up and soaring higher and higher in the ways of God. NOW is the time to renew your strength and be empowered by a fresh touch and anointing of God's Spirit (see Micah 3:8).

The promise of God's protection and provisions are extremely clear in this passage and promise from Isaiah. Ponder these passages and take them to heart. You will discover abiding peace and tranquility, even in a hostile world:
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. Isaiah 26:3-4 (Amplified Bible)

Yes, we will see trouble and chaos upon the earth, yet amid all this, in Jesus and by Jesus, we have peace and confidence. Notice how the Message Bibles states this fact:
It will seem like all Hell has broken loose—sun, moon, stars, earth, sea, in an uproar and everyone all over the world in a panic, the wind knocked out of them by the threat of doom, the powers-that-be quaking. Luke 21:25-26 (Message Bible)
Focus on Good Godly Things
Again, we will greatly benefit by focusing on good Godly things, not on the dark deceptive works of the devil.Good advice is released in this passage from the Message Bible:
Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:6-8 (Message Bible) (Photo via Geograph)

Keep your heart clean! Guard your thoughts keep your mind pure! Watch what you watch! It does matter what movies you watch. Keep your focus on Godly things!

May these days be filled with God's blessings and favor on you and your family (see Psalm 84:11).

Bobby Conner
EaglesView Ministries


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ben Shapiro: Why Jews Vote Leftist?

This has always been a puzzle to me.  I appreciate Ben Shapiro of The Truth Revolt's attempt to explain it.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Ten Cannots by Rev. William J. H. Boetcker

The Ten Cannots

Rev. William J. H. Boetcker

  1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men's initiative and independence.
  10.  And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Valentine's Letter to You from Your Dad

     I posted below the love letter Johnny Cash wrote to his wife, June, which was voted in a British poll as the most romantic love letter written.  It is a touching tribute to Johnny's love for June, but I believe they missed something very important when they didn't include the Bible in the voting.  Our cursory knowledge of the Bible today sometimes keeps us from seeing it as it really is-- the all-time best love letter ever written.    
    Barry Adams has compiled this Father's Love Letter from passages in the Bible which help us to see how God feels about us.  I included the links at the bottom so you can also listen to this or download a PDF version from Barry's website.

                                       Father's Love Letter
                            An Intimate Message From God To You.

My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. 
Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways. 
Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. 
Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image. 
Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring. 
Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived. 
Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation. 
Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book. 

Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live. 

Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. 
Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb. 
Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born. 
Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented
by those who don't know me.

John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love. 

1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father. 

1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. 
Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father. 
Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. 
James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. 
Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. 
Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love. 
Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.

Psalms 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing. 
Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you. 
Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession. 
Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul. 

Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. 
Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me. 

Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart. 

Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires. 
Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine. 

Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager. 
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles. 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you. 

Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart. 

Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes. 

Revelation 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.

Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.

John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. 
John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being. 
Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you. 

Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you. 

1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love. 

Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me. 

1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.

Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.

Luke 15:7
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.

Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is…
Will you be my child? 

John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you. 
Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad, 
Almighty God

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Happy Valentine's Day -- The Most Romantic Love Letter

       In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, a British-based poll asked online users to vote on the most romantic love letters of all time. The following, written by Johnny Cash, was voted number one.
In 1994, for wife June Carter-Cash’s 65th birthday, the Man in Black penned this heartfelt letter to the love of his life:
Happy Birthday Princess,
We got old and got used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes we take each other for granted.
But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.
You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.
Happy Birthday Princess.

Friday, February 13, 2015

President Compares Islam to Christianity by Dennis Prager

     I enjoy posting articles by articulate columnists because they say what I think so much better than I can. Here is Dennis Prager's commentary on Obama's recent comparison of Islam to Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast.  You would think he could say something positive about prayer and unity--it's a prayer breakfast for pete's sake--instead of making it an opportunity to defend Islam--certainly makes you think about whose side he's on, doesn't it?

President Compares Islam to Christianity

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015
In his National Prayer Breakfast speech last week, President Barack Obama said:
“And lest we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. … So this is not unique to one group or one religion.”
It is important to analyze these words — because the president of the United States spoke them in a major forum, and because what he said is said by all those who defend Islam against any criticism.
Referring to Islamic violence, the president accuses anyone who implies that such religious violence “is unique to some other place” — meaning outside the Christian West — as getting on a “high horse.”
Is this true? Of course, not. In our time, major religious violence is in fact “unique to some other place,” namely the Islamic world. What other religious group is engaged in mass murder, systematic rape, slavery, beheading innocents, bombing public events, shooting up school children, wiping out whole religious communities and other such atrocities?
The answer is, of course, no other religious group. Therefore massive violence in the name of one’s religion today is indeed “unique to some other place.” To state this is not to “get on a high horse.” It is to tell the most important truth about the world in our time.
Would the president have used the “high horse” argument 30 years ago regarding Western condemnation of South African apartheid?
Of course not. Because contempt for Western evils is noble, while contempt for non-Western, especially Islamic, evils is “to get on a high horse.”
The president then defends his statement that religious violence is not “unique to some other place” by providing Christian examples: first the Crusades and the Inquisition and then slavery and Jim Crow.
Before addressing the specific examples, a word about the timing. The Crusades took place a thousand years ago and the Inquisition five hundred years ago. Is it not telling that — even if the examples are valid (which they aren’t) — the president had to go back 500 and 1,000 years to find his primary Christian examples?
Doesn’t going back so far in the past render the argument a bit absurd? Imagine if the president had said, “When the Jews conquered Canaan in 1,000 B.C., they committed terrible deeds in the name of Judaism.” Anyone hearing that argument would have thought that the president had lost his mind. Yet he and almost everyone else who wishes to defend Islam raise the Crusades and the Inquisition. The president also mentioned slavery and Jim Crow, but it’s the Crusades and the Inquisition that are almost always used to equate Muslim and Christian evildoing.
Furthermore, it is difficult to see why comparing Muslim behavior today to Christian behavior a thousand or five hundred years ago provides a defense of Islam. On the contrary, isn’t the allegation that Islamic evil at the present time is morally equivalent to Christian evil a thousand years ago a damning indictment of the present state of much of Islam?
And as regards the substance of the charge, this widespread use of the Crusades and the Inquisition is ignorant of the realities of both. The Crusades were Christian wars to retake territories in the Holy Land that Muslims had forcefully taken from Christians. Unless the question of “who started it?” is morally irrelevant, and therefore all wars are immoral, the Crusaders’ war on Muslims in the Holy Land is a poor example of evil in the name of Christ.
Now, as it happens, there was terrible evil in the name of Christ during the Crusades — the wholesale massacre of Jews in Germany by various Crusaders on their way to the Holy Land. For the record, however, in no instance did the Church order these killings and in almost every case Jews sought and received aid and support from local bishops.
In any event, other than Jews, few people know of these massacres. Almost everyone who cites the Crusades as an example of Christian evil is referring to the Crusaders’ wars against Muslims.
As for the Inquisition, suffice it to say that it is now acknowledged among scholars that in its worst years — 1480 to 1530 — the Inquisition killed an average of 40 people a year. Each was unspeakably tragic and evil, but the Inquisition was benign compared to Boko Haram, al-Qaida, Islamic State, the Taliban, Hamas and the other Islamic terror organizations.
We live in an age of moral idiocy. Moral equivalence is the left’s way of resisting fighting evil. It did it during the Cold War when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were morally equated, and it is doing it now when it morally equates all religions and societies. Take, for example, this imbecilic equation by writer Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic, defending the president’s comments on Islam and Christianity by invoking slavery: “Americans have done, on their own soil, in the name of their own God, something similar to what ISIS is doing now.”
There is a major moral crisis in one religion on earth today — Islam. To say so is not to get on a high horse. It is to identify violent Islam as the greatest evil in the world since Nazism and Communism.

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Tony Perkins

FRC president Tony Perkins: "[Obama] didn't mention his stop in Saudi Arabia on the way back to this country, and the fact that they rank by his own State Department as one of the worst abusers of religious freedom in the world. Did he publicly lecture the Saudis for their current climate of oppression? Did he try attending a Christian church during his stop there? I'm sure he didn't because there are no Christian churches in Saudi Arabia. They're illegal. Mr. President, the next time one of your family members becomes ill, try finding a local Muslim hospital. Or the next time your motorcade speeds through a town whose economy has been shuttered by your big government economic policies, try referring people to the local Islamic homeless shelter. In your next speech about families, maybe you could challenge Americans to consider adoption through the local Muslim adoption agency. The reality is, Christianity isn't just the largest religion in America, it's also the most charitable. And disheartening as this may be to your worldview, Mr. President, America was in fact founded on Christian truths and principles -- and it's that heritage that makes America an exceptional nation."